Madagascar President, Mr Andry Rajoelina, has officially launched a local herbal remedy saying it can prevent and cure coronavirus.
The concoction known as COVID-19 Organics or CVO was launched in the Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo this week.
Speaking at the ceremony, the president said the herbal remedy gives results in a week.
“Tests have been carried out – two people have now been cured by this treatment. This herbal tea gives results in seven days,” he told ministers, diplomats and journalists at the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research (IMRA), that developed the remedy.
Downing a dose, Mr Rajoelina said” I will be the first to drink this today, in front of you, to show you that this product cures and does not kill.”
The concoction is derived from a plant called artemisia that has proven efficacy in malaria treatment and other indigenous herbs, according to the IMRA.
Dr Charles Andrianjara, IMRA’s Director General said: “COVID-Organics will be used as prophylaxis that is for prevention but clinical observations have shown a trend towards its effectiveness in curative treatment.”
So far, Madagascar, the Indian Ocean Island has registered 121 cases of Covid-19 since the disease broke out and has recorded 39 recoveries the outbreak of Coronavirus in Madagascar, 121 cases have been recorded with 39 patients having recovered with no any death.
Following the launch, citizens in Madagascar today thronged to receive Covid-19 Organics that is being distributed for free to citizens and for all school going children. Schools reopened yesterday across the country.
Yesterday, President Rajoelina said DRC president, Etienne Tshisekedi hailed Madagascar for the discovery.
“Excellent discussion with President Tshisekedi of DRC who congratulates us on the improved traditional Covid-Organics remedy.
“Africa is united and develops solutions against COVID-19 thanks to its natural heritage. The Malagasy are by the side of their brothers,” he posted on Twitter.
Mr Rajoelina held a video conference with the Congolese leader yesterday.
However, following Madagascar’s herbal remedy, the World Health Organization (WHO) says there is no proof of a cure for Covid-19.